RT Journal Article
SR Electronic
T1 Introductory Science and Mathematics Education for 21st-Century Biologists
JF Science
JO Science
FD American Association for the Advancement of Science
SP 788
OP 790
DO 10.1126/science.1095480
VO 303
IS 5659
A1 Bialek, William
A1 Botstein, David
YR 2004
UL http://science.sciencemag.org/content/303/5659/788.abstract
AB Galileo wrote that “the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics”; his quantitative approach to understanding the natural world arguably marks the beginning of modern science. Nearly 400 years later, the fragmented teaching of science in our universities still leaves biology outside the quantitative and mathematical culture that has come to define the physical sciences and engineering. This strikes us as particularly inopportune at a time when opportunities for quantitative thinking about biological systems are exploding. We propose that a way out of this dilemma is a unified introductory science curriculum that fully incorporates mathematics and quantitative thinking.